Symantec Interview Questions

Updated Sep 3, 2015
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    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Symantec.

    Interview

    Symantec came to our college for campus placements. So here's are the details: 1. Conducted an mcq+coding test on Hackerrank(or Hackerearth, not sure) from which they shortlisted about 5 students for the next round. 2. The next rounds were conducted in the Baner campus of Symantec Pune. 3. There were a total of 3 technical rounds and 1 HR. The last tech round was with the tech director/lead. 4. The technical rounds go into the depth of topics in which you've rated yourself well. My first 2 tech rounds lasted for about 90-120 minutes each. Lots of detailed core CS questions asked. 4.1 Surprisingly I was asked no advanced data structure questions were asked. Just the basic stuff like reversing linked lists, etc. But other students were asked quite probing DS questions. 4.2 So I think if your concepts about OS, oop, networks and programing are a bit weak the interview veers towards more of data structures. 5. Over all it took about 5-6 hours for the entire process of interviews and it tested me on all aspects of CS. So it was a great experience. Not too hard if your basics are sound.

    Interview Questions

    • System concepts: Memory Management, practical aspects of it in C , storage concepts, etc OOP questions in detail with code. linked list, trees basics   Answer Question

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  2. Helpful (3)  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Symantec.

    Interview

    Submitted my resume through their careers portal and was approached by a recruiter for scheduling a telephonic round. In the telephonic round I was interviewed by another engineer of the team who showed little interested in interviewing me and was constantly typing and speaking with another person while I was responding to his question. Advice: Don't force anyone to interview if they don't have interest.

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    Cyber Security Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Symantec (Herndon, VA).

    Interview

    Phone screening with networking and Linux technical questions. Next was a in person panel interview with several managers. The two main topics, aside from employment background and soft skills, that were covered were Networking and the Linux Command line. It is important to not guess, or take a stab at questions you don't know the answer 100% to. Its best to just say you don't know because you will lose points during the interview process.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain what information is added to a packet at each stop of the 7 layer OSI model.   Answer Question
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    Technical Support Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Symantec (Minneapolis, MN).

    Interview

    Sent a resume and was contacted by a recruiter. We set up an interview for the same day. It was pleasant.They asked a bunch of questions about my skills and some technical terms. I didn't know all of them but they said it was fine, they just wanted to see what level I was at in order to determine if I had anything to move forward with an in-person interview. They said they will let me know if I will proceed tomorrow.

    Interview Questions

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Symantec.

    Interview

    The interview process was really good, I got to speak with the senior managers of all of the teams until I got to the one with whom I matched better. I appreciated that process because it let both the potential bosses and me understand each other's profiles and really find the best match for each team. I think that contributed a lot to the success of the hiring and my happiness with the team and the job once the project started. It was a process that took a few months in total, but it was completely worth it. In general companies do not take so much time to really match the potential candidates' profiles with the team profile, it is just about the experience and that's it. In this case, personality was given big importance, and that really made a difference. The interviews were not difficult per se, it was only a few months process but you only needed to be yourself.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do if in a meeting a decision would need to be made and you were the only person thinking differently, but you knew you were right?   1 Answer
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    IT Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Symantec.

    Interview

    I was asked to interview at a career fair. It was pretty nontechnical. After, I interviewed with the senior IT manager. Instead of her asking me all sorts of technical questions, she merely talked to me about the job.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you address problems which seem impossible? Other standard personal interview questions   Answer Question
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    NAM-Marketing-Budgeting-and-Programs-Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Symantec (Mountain View, CA) in July 2015.

    Interview

    Process took about 2-3 weeks from initial email from recruiter to a round of interviews w/5 people, incl. hiring manager. The position was a backfill role, w/the first interview w/the person who previously held the role. When he indicated that the description was not the full description of the position/requirements, I had to pause and wonder what I was getting into. Each interview felt rushed, and I sensed that everyone but the first and last interviewer had a set of valid questions, as the team focused more on their competitors, and less on how to make their own products better. I followed up w/the recruiter w/in a week, but got a sense that the recruiter was stalling, or that other candidates were still in the interview process queue. I never heard back directly or by form letter that the position had been filled, and only realized it was filled after the position was pulled from their company careers site.

    Interview Questions

    • How will you support the team?   1 Answer
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Roseville, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Symantec (Roseville, MN) in July 2015.

    Interview

    I applied for the position through reference. The first call was from the manager for initial screening then was called for an onsite interview. The onsite interview was with the team I was going to work for - senior arch, manager and the other team members. They asked questions related to my previous work experience and resume highlights. It was pretty easy. The decision was made within a week as i had another offer in hand.

    Interview Questions

    • Basic programming questions, experience and behavioral type questions.. Quite easy.   Answer Question
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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Symantec (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Started with a screening with an HR recruiter followed by a technical phone screen for an hr. After clearing the phone screen process, was invited to attend on-site interview. On-site interview was scheduled for over 5 hrs with 2 people interviewing each hr. Answered some questions with difficulty and some to the interviewer's satisfaction. The interview was terminated by some director mid way in a most unprofessional manner. Do not bother interviewing.

    Interview Questions

    • Serializing and de-serializing a BST with full coding.   Answer Question
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    The first technical phone screen was pretty much simple, touching on previous projects and java basics. Then there was a homework problem and given 75 mins to solve that. The onsite was scheduled for 3 hours, but the first person to interview me could not be present due to issues he was facing at work. At the end, I was called for the second round directly after waiting for an hour. And even after that round, there was no one available to interview me, which looked pretty unprofessional on their side. Not sure if this is a one time thing or a common recurring thing. But I could not perform upto expectations in that round , and it not able to get a chance to interview the remaining rounds in the same day proved to be a negative factor in deciding my candidacy(atleast that is what I think). I was rejected after that round and not called after that.

    Interview Questions

    • Count paths in a matrix, write algorithm to design a boggle game   Answer Question
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